Health Care

— May 23, 2018
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2018

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2018 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $1.9 billion—or $1,822 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting jumps to $5.8 billion.

— May 1, 2018
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Is the Canada Health Act a Barrier to Reform?

Is the Canada Health Act a Barrier to Reform? finds that the provinces are discouraged from implementing proven health-care reforms that would improve the system and shorten wait times because of the Canada Health Act, which not only sets the rules around cash transfers from Ottawa to the provinces for health care, but also allows the federal government to withhold funds from any province deemed in violation of the Act.

— Mar 20, 2018
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How Canadian Health Care Differs from Other Systems

How Canadian Health Care Differs from Other Systems finds that Canada’s approach to health policy is much more restrictive than in other developed countries with more successful universal health-care systems, notably on the use of the private sector and patient cost-sharing. This is the first in a two-part series on the Canada Health Act.

— Feb 8, 2018
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Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting: Endangering Public Health, Society, and the Economy

Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting: Endangering Public Health, Society, and the Economy finds that counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs pose a real risk to Canadians because they are showing up in brick-and-mortar pharmacies, not just on the street and online, and counterfeiting medicines in Canada could be worth up to $89 million a year.

— Jan 18, 2018
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The Supply of Physicians in Canada: Projections and Assessment

The Supply of Physicians in Canada: Projections and Assessment finds the number of doctors per capita in Canada lags far behind other developed countries in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and Canada likely won’t close the gap in the coming years. In 2015, Canada had 2.7 doctors per 1,000 people—almost 20 per cent lower than the 3.4 per 1,000 person average for the OECD.

— Dec 7, 2017
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 finds that wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 at 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, finds Ontario again recorded the shortest wait time at 15.4 weeks—nearly four months—and New Brunswick recorded the longest wait time at 41.7 weeks.

— Nov 15, 2017
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The Impact of Interprovincial Migration of Seniors on Provincial Health Care Spending

The Impact of Interprovincial Migration of Seniors on Provincial Health Care Spending finds that migrating seniors have increased B.C.’s health-care costs by more than $7.0 billion over the past 36 years, while effectively saving Quebec $6.0 billion. That’s because Canadians pay most of their lifetime taxes during their working lives, but consume most of their health-care costs after they retire. B.C. and five other provinces saw a net inflow of seniors since 1980, while Quebec and the other provinces saw a net outflow.

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